Every year between the months of November and December, on average, 240 people are injured from holiday decorating related activities.   This means that every year 14,000 people are injured between these months, resulting in about 10 people every hour taken to an emergency room for injuries that are 100% preventable.

Injury risks include:
  • Adult falls (mostly from ladders), but also cuts, burns and back strains from decorating
  • Fires: Most tree fires happen between Christmas Day and New Year's because trees are dried out from being in warm homes and not watered. Other risks include the tree being placed too close to hearth of fireplace, strands of lights exceeding maximum number of strands plugged together.
  • Falls and poisonings among toddler-aged children: These include falls from shopping carts and escalators and poisoning from holiday plants.
Fortunately these injury risks can be prevented. Pro Consumer Safety provides safety reminders to help with those families who visit homes who generally do not have children or at times when supervision lapses for a moment of time, as well as other decorating safety recommendations. More at..

Happy Holidays!

 


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         As an injury and neuroepidmeiologist, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a father, I have obtained a passion to help educate the public on how to prevent injuries and maintain healthy lifestyles for communities and future generations.  
         Throughout my years of graduate and professional education in public health, neuroscience, public policy and intergovernmental management, from the University of Oxford, England, George Washington University, Washington D.C., and the University of Southern California, I have applied a multidisciplinary approach to educate not only the public as a community benefit but also to develop sustainable public health injury prevention programs to state and local governments, schools, hospitals and organizations to help promote safety and healthy lifestyles.
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